The Patriots’ passing game clicked against Buffalo Sunday for the first time this season.
Quarterback Tom Brady had his first 300-yard passing performance of the year and threw four touchdown passes while completing 73 percent of his throws.
Ten different Patriots receivers caught a pass, and nine of Brady’s throws went for 15 or more yards, including strikes of 33, 43, and 56 yards (two for touchdowns).
Brady said the Patriots getting and keeping the lead influenced how the offense operated, adding that offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels’s play calling was “aggressive.”
“When you get ahead, you can run it, play-action, throw it quick, hold onto it,” Brady said. “I think that’s the way to play pro football. … We got to get ahead, we got to stay ahead.”
The offensive line, which was already without center Bryan Stork and has struggled at times this season, adjusted after Dan Connolly left the game in the second quarter with a head injury. Brady went on to collect 274 of 361 yards in the second half.
“Those guys, I say all the time, I have a lot of confidence in them,” said Brady, who didn’t throw an interception and averaged 8.9 yards per pass play and 13.4 per completion. “They play with a lot of heart.”
Among the 10 receivers Brady hit, Brandon LaFell had his biggest game as a Patriot, finishing with four catches for 97 yards and two touchdowns. Brian Tyms scored his first touchdown with New England on a 43-yard strike, which was his only catch against the Bills. Julian Edelman had nine catches for 91 yards, and Rob Gronkowski caught seven passes for 94 yards.
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